Australia's John Millman caused the mother of all upsets by ousting five-time champion Roger Federer in the fourth round of the US Open with a 3-6, 7-5, 7-6, 7-6 win. The 55th-ranked Australian shattered Federer's hopes of winning a sixth title at the Flushing Meadows.
Federer took the opening setwith a break in Millman's first service game. However, the world no. 2 squandered away 5-3 lead in the second set as Millman went on to take the last four games, breaking Federer twice.
Set points in the second and third sets didn't help Federer as he committed 77 unforced errors and struggled with his serve in the game that lasted three hours and 35 minutes. Federer kept the pressure on Millman and upped his game, but the Australian chased down drop shots for winners.
After the match, Millman said he has much respect for Federer and that the Swiss maestro has been his hero. He added that he was still in disbelief over the result of the match.
This is Federer's earliest US Open exit since 2013 when he crashed out of the fourth round with a straight set defeat against Spain's Tommy Robredo.
Federer exit has now put the brakes on the much anticipated quarterfinal showdown between the 20-time grand slam champion and two-time US Open champion Novak Djokovic.